Marysville Public Library faces "significant" reductions in hours and services if Gov. Ted Strickland's proposed cuts in the state's Public Library Fund (PLF) are enacted, director Ryan McDonnell told ThisWeek.

Marysville Public Library faces "significant" reductions in hours and services if Gov. Ted Strickland's proposed cuts in the state's Public Library Fund (PLF) are enacted, director Ryan McDonnell told ThisWeek.

On June 19, Strickland proposed cutting state funding for libraries an additional 30 percent on top of a 20-percent reduction that already has been made. Cuts to the PLF would include a $112.5-million reduction in fiscal year 2010 and $114.8-million in 2011 to help offset the state budget deficit.

"It will have a drastic impact on our organization if the governor's proposal is accepted," McDonnell said.

According to documents from the Ohio Library Council, the proposed cuts would result in Marysville Public Library losing an additional $92,580 loss through the rest of 2009 -- a total reduction of $234,124. The reduction would be $342,833 in 2010 and $374,104 in 2011.

McDonnell said hours of service is the most likely area that would be affected should the library lose anticipated revenue.

The library received about 47 percent of its annual budget through the PLF, with 48 percent generated by a local 1-mill tax levy, a five-year replacement of which voters approved last November.

McDonnell said the greatest concern for libraries is that the proposed PLF reduction is not proportional to the anticipated shortfall in the state budget.

Locally, McDonnell said the library has been spreading the word through fliers and an e-mail to its broadcast e-mail base. He said there has been "widespread support and concern expressed."

Statewide, he pointed to grassroots efforts like SaveOhioLibraries.com. A Save Ohio Libraries group is active on Facebook and information also is available at the Ohio Library Council Web site at www.olc.org and the MPL Web site at www.marysville. lib.oh.us.

In 2008, Marysville Public Library issued 2,554 new library cards, bringing the total to 24,321. More than 540,000 items were checked out in 2008 and more than 360,000 visits were made to the library, which operates branches in Marysville and Raymond.